WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES The woman, who shared her story with paramedic Instagram page Tiny Hearts, said she didn’t know how her baby contacted the virus, which has seen her taken to A&E twice
After her daughter got the strain of herpes, her mother urged people to not kiss her babies.
The concerned parent must watch her little bundle of joy get infected with nasty gum sores.
The woman shared her story with Tiny Hearts paramedics Instagram page. She claimed she was not sure how her baby got the virus.
“We haven’t been around anyone with an ‘active’ cold sore,”She spoke.
“But let’s be honest, babies put anything in their mouths.
“I cannot express enough the importance of good hygiene for those who suffer from cold sores and to be particularly mindful when you are around little ones.
“No baby or mum should ever have to endure this.”
The discomfort became so much for the young tot that she’s had to be taken to A&E twice.
It is hoped the condition will clear in about two weeks.
“It’s now been over a week since my baby has let solid food touch her lips,”She spoke.
“All my baby wants to do is suck her thumb and she can’t even do that.
“Literally there’s nothing I can do to take her pain away.”
Nikki, the paramedic who runs the Tiny Hearts Instagram page, expressed empathy for the mum and daughter.
Tiny Hearts said: ”(This baby) is struggling to drink water because she’s in so much pain from blisters that have completely covered her mouth as a result of the cold sore virus.
“My heart absolutely breaks for this family. (My little girl) got the virus at around the same age and I can honestly say it’s one of the most horrendous things to go through.
“They can’t eat, they can’t sleep, they refuse medication because it causes more pain… they lose weight, they become dehydrated and can become really sick.
“I’ve spoken about the importance of normalising the sentence ‘don’t kiss my baby’ and although it’s unknown where little Ari picked up the virus, this is your reminder that protecting your little one with some simple rules will hopefully avoid this nightmare, and many other contagious viruses.
“Prevention is better than cure so:
“Educate your loved ones about the dangers of kissing a baby, ensure exceptional hand washing of you and everyone else, limit bub’s exposure to crowds and anyone with a cold sore or the virus, don’t let your little one share drinks, cutlery or toys and don’t allow anyone to put their fingers in bubs’ mouth.”
Contact such as a kiss can transmit the HSV-1 virus, cold sore and herpes virus to babies and toddlers.
They could prove fatal in extreme cases.
It’s a long-term, chronic condition that can be made active again.
Babies under six months of age and newborns are particularly at risk from herpes, as their immune systems are still developing.